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Avoid Snow Buildup Blocking Vents

When you are plowing through the snow drifts this year, take a look for any snow buildup blocking vents and affecting your heating equipment.   You want to avoid that because it can lead to trouble. High efficiency furnaces, water … Continue reading

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Time for a New Thermostat

The “brains” of your heating system is the thermostat, because it triggers the operation of the equipment.   Since that item is so important to your family’s comfort, you should consider whether its time for a new thermostat. If the … Continue reading

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Ductless Mini-Splits Save Energy

The chilly air outside makes a clear demonstration of which rooms have inadequate heating and could benefit most from a ductless mini-split system.    There are lots of space heaters and radiant fireplaces on the market now, but if you … Continue reading

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Heating System Replacement Tips

Heating the home is usually the largest energy expense, and can make up to two-thirds of annual energy bills in cold climates.  If you are considering replacing your heating system before cold weather sets in, these heating system replacement tips … Continue reading

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Ductless Mini-split Heat Pumps for Garage/Shop

A ductless mini-split heat pump (also just called a mini- split) is a great retrofit or add-on to any building that doesn’t have central heat and ducts that bring heat to all the rooms.  If you have hot water heat, … Continue reading

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Ultraviolet Air Purifiers

Ultraviolet air purifiers (UV) and ultraviolet light are widely used in hospitals and  laboratories to sanitize and sterilize work areas and instruments, as well as prevent the spread of infectious diseases.  They are also used in the food industry and … Continue reading

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Ten Minute Water Heater Maintenance

If you want to prolong the life of your water heater (and who doesn’t) here are two quick types of water heater maintenance you can do in ten minutes.  Doing them twice a year may add years of service to … Continue reading

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Time to Replace that Heating System?

Most years we have a pretty cold winter here in the Midwest, although occasionally we see a mild one.   How did your heating system hold up this past winter?   Is it time to replace that heating system, or … Continue reading

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Know the Signs of a Dying Air Conditioner

Replacing your air conditioner is a major purchase for homeowners. Planning ahead and budgeting for when your system will need updates can help you to avoid stress when the time comes. How do you know when its time to consider … Continue reading

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Keep Your Air Conditioning Working

When Summer heat and humidity build up, you can keep your air conditioning working by following these few tips.  It is easy to overlook these things, but if your air conditioning stops working on the hottest day of the year, … Continue reading

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